No spend challenges are for wussies

January 31, 2011 · 54 comments

If you read other PF blogs, which I hope you do, I’m sure you’ve seen various bloggers participate in no spend challenges. These challenges come in all shapes and sizes, but the general premise is pretty simple; Don’t spend you’re money on frivolous things. No Starbucks. No dining out. No clothes, movies, or gadgets. At the end of the day, week, or month, you’re suppose to feel like a financial rock star. But I’m here to make you feel like a wussy. Yeah, a wussy, welcome back to third grade!

Why anyone would want to participate in one of these challenges is beyond me. If I said, “Hey guys, let’s not eat food for a month so we can lose weight” would you join me? Heck no you wouldn’t. So why would you join me if I said let’s not spend our hard earned money on things that bring us warm fuzzy feelings? Things like chocolate, Dr. Pepper, and Finding Nemo (a delightful combination might I add).

If you want to lose weight, you don’t stop eating, you eat healthier. If you want to stop spending like a hot mess, you don’t stop spending, you learn to spend responsibly. Why does it have to be all or nothing? Instead of no spend challenges, why can’t we have spend only $50 or spend only $150 challenges?

Personally, I think these no spend challenges are for wussies. Or at least for people who need a false sense of self-control.

But hey, who am I to judge? Oh wait, that’s right. I’m a freakin’ ninja! I’ll judo chop your face off if you join any of those silly things.

Now it’s your turn to get even No Spend lovers. Tell me why they’re so great!

Have you ever participated in a no spend challenge? Was it the most incredible thing you’ve ever been a part of? Anyone else think they are just an excuse for people to pat themselves on the back?

note: Of course I’m being a drag drama queen. I don’t really think No Spend Challenges are as evil as I make them about to be, but they are definitely not for me :)